Are Bleeding Gums Normal?
No, bleeding gums are not normal. It is one of the most common dental concerns patients have. In many cases, bleeding gums are an early warning sign of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue that is caused by the bacteria in plaque. When plaque is not removed from the teeth, the bacteria can make its way to the gum line.
Once the bacteria reach the gum line, it begins to weaken the gums and infect the soft tissue. Patients with compromised gum health may notice signs such as bleeding gums, bad breath, shifting teeth, or swelling in the gum tissue.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
While bleeding gums is a common sign of gum disease, there are other symptoms you should be on the lookout for. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, please contact your Pomona dentist as soon as possible. Gum disease is treated best in the earliest stages of development.
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen gums
- Periodontal pockets
- Shifting teeth
- Loose teeth
- Halitosis (persistent bad breath)
- Painful chewing
- Tooth sensitivity
- Receding Gums
We recommend patients visit our office at least twice a year for a routine dental examination. During your routine dental exam, we screen you for periodontal disease and assess your risk. For some patients who are at high risk of developing gum disease, we may take a proactive approach to your care.
Our board-certified periodontist can work with you to develop a preventive care action plan. Our goal is to keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition and lower your risk for complex dental issues.
The Importance of Treating Bleeding Gums
On the surface, bleeding gums may seem like a minor dental concern. However, like most things, when a seemingly minor issue is left unaddressed, it can blossom int0 a more complicated issue.
When the health of the gums is comprised, they will inevitably affect your overall dental health. Healthy gums support healthy teeth; so when the health of the gums is effected so is the health of your teeth. In advanced stages of gums disease, periodontal pockets form around the gum line, causing the teeth to shift and loosen. Over time, the gums weaken to the point where they can no longer support the teeth.
When the gums can no longer support the teeth, you will eventually experience tooth loss. In complex cases of gum disease, you may even suffer from bone loss in the jaw. Addressing gum disease can restore health and function to your smile. Our team at Cosmetic Dentistry Associates can work with you to swiftly alleviate your symptoms.
How Is Gum Disease Treated?
If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis is an advanced stage of gum disease that can result in tooth and bone loss. The goal of treatment is to stop the progression of gum disease, address existing damage, and reduce your risk of reinfection.
Our board-certified periodontist works with each patient on an individual basis to better understand their needs and create a periodontal therapy solution that is right for them. Depending on the stage of gum disease and the condition of the teeth and bone, we may recommend one or more of these treatments as part of your comprehensive gum disease treatment plan.
- Antibacterial Rinse: We may suggest this form of treatment during gingivitis to stop the progression of gum disease.
- Antibiotic Therapy: We may recommend antibiotic therapy for patients with advanced stage gum disease.
- Scaling & Root Planing: This form of treatment is an extensive deep cleaning of the areas above and below the gum line.
- Laser Dentistry: Our state of the art hand-held Styla laser allows our team to safely and efficiently remove diseased gum tissue. Laser dentistry minimizes the need for stitches, enables faster healing, and enhances patient comfort.
Schedule A Dental Exam Today
Cosmetic Dentistry Associates is a full-service dental facility offering comprehensive treatment for patients with various stages of gum disease. Our dentists and periodontists work side by side to deliver the care you need to restore your gum health.
If you have not visited the dentist for a screening, or have noticed any changes in your dental health, contact our Pomona dentist office. To schedule an appointment, call or request an appointment online. To schedule an appointment, call (845) 241-0656 or request an appointment online.